Les Blank: Always For Pleasure

Les Blank: Always For Pleasure

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Overview

An uncompromisingly independent filmmaker, Les Blank (Burden of Dreams) made documentaries for nearly fifty years, elegantly disappearing with his camera into cultural spots rarely seen on-screen—mostly on the peripheries of the United States, but also occasionally abroad. Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, these films are humane, sometimes wry, always engaging tributes to musicians, food, and all sorts of regionally specific delights. This collector’s set provides a diverse survey of Les Blank’s vast output, including the warmly funny The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins, about the legendary Texas musician; Always for Pleasure, which captures the vivacious spirit of New Orleans; Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, a hilarious celebration of the pungent, flavorful “stinking rose” of the title; and eleven other unexpected features, plus eight of Blank’s short films.

Films Include: The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1968); God Respects Us When We Work, but Loves Us When We Dance (1968); Spend It All (1971); A Well Spent Life (1971); Dry Wood (1973); Hot Pepper (1973); Always for Pleasure (1978); Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980); Sprout Wings and Fly (1983); In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984); Gap-Toothed Women (1987); Yum, Yum, Yum (1990); The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994); Sworn to the Drum (1995)

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 2K digital restorations of all fourteen films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
• Excerpt from Les Blank: A Quiet Revelation, an upcoming documentary by Gina Leibrecht
• New interviews with director Les Blank’s sons, Harrod and Beau; Blank documentary subject Gerald Gaxiola (a.k.a. the Maestro); filmmakers Skip Gerson, Maureen Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Tom Luddy, and Chris Simon; and chef and author Alice Waters
• Blank’s short films Lightnin’ Les (1968), Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin’ Mill Is Burnin’ Down (1968), The Sun’s Gonna Shine (1968), More Fess (1978), Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991), My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1995), and The Maestro Rides Again (2005)
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Andrew Horton

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2014
UPC: 0715515119511
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Colorized]
Time: 9:23:00
Sales rank: 48,981

Special Features

New 2K digital restorations of all fourteen films: The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1968); God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968); Spend It All (1971); A Well Spent Life (1971); Dry Wood (1973); Hot Pepper (1973); Always For Pleasure (1978); Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980); Sprout Wings and Fly (1983); In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984); Gap-Toothed Women (1987); Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking (1990); The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994); and Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995); Excerpt from Les Blank: A Quiet Revelation, a film project by Harrod Blank and Gina Leibrecht; New interviews with Blank's sons, Harrod and Beau; Blank documentary subject Gerald Gaxiola (a.k.a. the Maestro); Blank's friends and collaborators Skip Gerson, Maureen Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Werner Herzog, Susan Kell, Tom Luddy, David Silberberg, and Chris Simon; and chef and author Alice Waters; Related shorts by Blank: The Sun's Gonna Shine (1968), Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991), My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1994), The Maestro Rides Again! (2005), and Lagniappe (2006); Two outtake performances from The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins; PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Andrew Horton

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits

Technical Credits
Les Blank Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. Introducin' Lightnin' [4:34]
2. The Blues [3:28]
3. Mance [3:17]
4. Snakes [1:00]
5. The Black Pig [2:23]
6. Preachin' [8:04]
7. Goin' Home [3:04]
8. Heart and Soul [5:39]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Pleasures [5:49]
2. The Cajuns of Southwest Louisiana [2:15]
3. The Old Days [4:07]
4. Racing and Dancing [4:50]
5. "The Balfa Waltz" [3:35]
6. Dewey Balfa [6:16]
7. Nathan Abshire [4:57]
8. Treatment by Hand [1:53]
9. Feast [4:12]
10. Marc Savoy [5:12]
Disc #2 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. "Mind That Boss Man" [5:07]
2. Our Shared World [4:39]
3. Marriage [3:58]
4. Sacrifice [4:53]
5. "Night Time is the Right Time" [4:01]
6. Young People [2:08]
7. Pleasures [2:51]
8. Family [4:57]
9. Baptism [6:38]
10. Love [4:58]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Mardi Gras 1972 [9:11]
2. Ash Wednesday [1:38]
3. Work and Play [10:55]
4. Men's Night [2:52]
5. Butchering the Pig [4:45]
6. Family Time [7:52]
1. The Chenier Brothers [6:31]
2. Work [3:21]
3. On the Road [2:40]
4. "Electric Fingers" [5:49]
5. "American People" [3:48]
6. "Be Something" [3:37]
7. Clifton's Grandma [4:11]
8. "I'm Coming Home" [5:08]
9. "Life is a Companion" [3:29]
10. "I'm a Hog For You" [4:55]
11. "Look and Listen" [3:55]
12. Take Flight [7:05]
Disc #3 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. "Sea Cruise" [3:17]
2. Funerals [10:54]
3. Red Beans and Rice [4:02]
4. Crawfish [2:37]
5. St. Patrick's Day [4:17]
6. Mardi Gras [5:04]
7. Preparations [4:35]
8. Professor Longhair [3:23]
9. The Chiefs [6:14]
10. "Meet the Boys on the Battlefront" [6:04]
11. Traditions [7:08]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. The French Quarter [3:19]
2. Blue Lu Barker [:58]
3. "Doin' It" [3:18]
4. "Don't You Feel My Leg" [5:36]
5. "Bald Hair" [4:29]
6. "Indians, Here They Come" [3:49]
7. "Brother John is Gone" [3:52]
1. "The Spice of Life" [4:21]
2. The Old Ways [3:30]
3. Chez Panisse Garlic Festival [6:47]
4. "A Victim of Garlic" [3:15]
5. Sausage [4:08]
6. Stir-Fry [2:27]
7. Pesto [1:39]
8. "I Smell Like Garlic" [5:37]
9. Allium Sativum - A Few Facts [3:25]
10. Comfort and Cure [4:46]
11. Harvest [10:33]
Disc #4 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. "The Devil's Instrument" [3:05]
2. "Talkin' to Dead Folks" [6:17]
3. The Jarrell Sisters [5:35]
4. Good Liquor and Good Music [4:36]
5. Fellow Travelers [4:29]
6. Fiddle Fest! [6:49]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. "In Heaven There is No Beer" [3:44]
2. Polka! [1:36]
3. Polka Festivals [5:01]
4. Polka Mass [2:20]
5. A Healthy Durg [3:12]
6. Some History [4:52]
7. Polka and Love [4:54]
8. Lawn Fete [2:46]
9. Polka People [4:06]
10. "Who Stole the Keeshka?" [3:02]
11. Young and Old [13:37]
1. The Mystique [4:08]
2. The Eye of the Beholder [11:34]
3. "Women Who Do Things" [15:30]
Disc #5 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. Goo Courtbouillon [4:06]
2. Paul Prudhomme [2:32]
3. Traditions [7:49]
4. Crawfish and Frog Legs Étouffée [2:09]
5. Cajun-Style [3:09]
6. The Origins of Crawfish [2:33]
7. Savoy Family Favorites [8:32]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. "Art is a Religion, Not a Business" [4:47]
2. Maestro Day [3:47]
3. Persona [4:04]
4. Upbringing [3:15]
5. Master of His Environment [4:32]
6. "A Decision of Fate" [9:27]
7. More Maestro Day [4:43]
8. "Andy Warhol Can't Paint" [3:46]
9. Confronting Christo [3:22]
10. "His Life is His Canvas" [11:28]
1. Introducing Francisco Aguabella [6:50]
2. Bata Drums [4:22]
3. Religious Ceremonies [6:58]
4. Katherine Dunham [2:38]
5. Rumba [6:03]
6. Spirituality and Strength [7:34]

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